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The Rooms on Silver Street

Date: 28/10/2015

A three day festival of arts, humanities and new ideas.
5-7 November 2015

As the November sun sets, the inquisitive and curious will be invited to take a journey into The Rooms, a series of interactive installations that will play host to 53 inventions designed to change and brighten their world. From a playground filled with battling robots and fabulous beasts, to an interactive light garden, haunted study and enchanted library. Visitors will get lost in a bio-activated maze, contemplate the future of death and reimagine a digital future.

The Rooms will be a playground for new ideas taking place across three days in the old Firestation, Magistrates Courts and Police Station in Bristol City Centre. Alongside a series of interactive installations, there will be a programme of free talks, workshops, film screenings and house parties.

The Rooms is brought to you by REACT, the creative economy hub for the South West & Wales. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, REACT has invested in collaboration, cultural experimentation and creative innovation between University researchers and creative businesses, supporting them to make new kinds of digital product and experience. Now, with a portfolio of 53 projects, it’s time to celebrate all of this brilliant work, and to look to the future.

The Rooms is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The Rooms Creative Producer, Katherine Jewkes, says:

“REACT are thrilled to be able to open the doors to The Rooms and share with the public some of the amazing talent from the South West region and beyond. Across the festival we will be showcasing 53 products and experiences that aim to change the way we imagine our world, alongside the brilliant makers and thinkers who brought these ideas to life.

We’re making The Rooms across a collection of buildings that used to be the old Bridewell Police Station, Fire Station, CID buildings and Magistrates Courts at the heart of Bristol’s city Centre. This is the first time that the whole site is being used together for one event, and we’re very excited to be working with a design team whose collective previous experience spans Shangri-la, National Theatre Wales and the Cultural Olympiad to create The Rooms installations which the REACT projects will live within, and help audiences to see this amazing site in a completely new way.

We are grateful to the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Arts Council England for supporting The Rooms, along with our REACT Partners; Watershed, UWE Bristol and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff & Exeter.”

For the full programme and to book tickets go to theroomsfestival.com



Press contacts

Danya Agababian email: danya@ladburypr.com Telephone: 07779 635 147

Rebecca Ladbury email: rebecca@ladbury.com Telephone: 07941 224 975

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Notes for editors


REACT is one of four Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to develop strategic partnerships with creative businesses and cultural organisations, to strengthen and diversify their collaborative research activities and increase the number of arts and humanities researchers actively engaged in research-based knowledge exchange.

REACT is a collaboration between UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England), Watershed and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. It is a unique collaboration supporting innovative products and transformational services by bringing together companies and academics across South West and Wales.

It reaches across two dynamic UK regions, and uniquely across three cultural areas and two languages and creative economies. Together we aim to generate a transformation in arts-driven economic and social impact, by combining demand from the Creative Economy with Arts and Humanities research excellence.

About Arts Council England (ACE)

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2015 and 2018, we plan to invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and an estimated £700 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country: www.artscouncil.org.uk

About the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities. In any one year, the AHRC makes hundreds of research awards ranging from individual fellowships to major collaborative projects as well as over 1,000 studentship awards. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information, please go to: www.ahrc.ac.uk

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